Campus blackout stalls morning classes

Morning classes were disrupted due to a blackout that occurred in the English Building Tuesday, May 13.

Campus electricians were unable to figure out what caused the blackout, but for three hours classes in session went without power. Brian Walsh, chairman of the History and Humanities Department, had to spice up his teaching style due to the blackout.

“There wasn’t really any issues,” Walsh said. “I just had to amp up my theatricality and it doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue.”

Walsh pointed out that the construction on the North Mall needs to happen at a quicker rate in order for the blackouts to stop.

“It just highlights the urgency of completing the North Mall construction process,” Walsh said. “I doubt that any of us are surprised by any of this.”

The blackout had a bonus side for student Michelle McClain, a 23-year-old sociology major who was let out of class early because of the blackout.

“It was just lecture and we had extra time,” McClain said.

The blackout finally ended at 10:20 a.m. when Pierce workers were able to get a generator to bring power back into the classrooms.